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Sanjay Nair
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014

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C'wealth Games: Shuttlers in easy win over Jamaica

The Straits Times | Sanjay Nair | Sunday, Jul 27, 2014

Singapore’s top men’s player Derek Wong (left) easily beat Jamaica’s Gareth Henry 21-11, 21-16. But the world No. 39 is not taking anything for granted as he prepares for tougher matches in the coming days.

GLASGOW 2014

XX COMMONWEALTH GAMES

July 23-Aug 3

SINGAPORE'S shuttlers needed less than two hours over five matches to get their Commonwealth Games off to a smashing start.

A convincing 5-0 win over Jamaica in the mixed team Group E opener bodes well for confidence as stiffer opposition awaits further down the road.

Yao Lei and Chayut Triyachart kick-started the whitewash with a 21-8, 21-11 win over Geordine Henry and Garrod Palmer.

Chayut said of the match, which averaged five-stroke rallies: "Frankly speaking, the group games are easier so it's about getting the job done quickly and keeping momentum going."

Defending champions Malaysia - without injured world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei - also breezed past Barbados 5-0, while joint favourites England and India beat Northern Ireland and Ghana respectively by a similar margin.

Like the big guns, Singapore have a relatively clear path into the quarter-finals as minnows Norfolk Islands and South Africa are unlikely to offer much resistance in the remaining round-robin fixtures.

Nonetheless, the Republic's top men's player Derek Wong was on the training court just hours after his match yesterday, fine-tuning his drop shots and net-play.

"If you take it easy and go through the motions, before you know it, you're out of the tournament," said the world No. 39, who dispatched Gareth Henry 21-11, 21-16.

Commonwealth Games debutant Liang Xiaoyu, 18, showed no nerves, thumping Ruth Williams 21-7, 21-5.

To complete the rout, Terry Hee and Danny Chrisnanta beat Palmer and Gareth 21-14, 14-21, 21-14, while Vanessa Neo and Fu Mingtian overcame Williams and Geordine 21-4, 21-8.

SANJAY NAIR


This article was first published on July 25, 2014.
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